The Rare Piece of WWII History Few People Know About…

As we approach the 80th anniversary of D-Day in June 2024, enthusiasts and collectors alike are eagerly seeking out military commemoratives from the era.

Amidst the rush, there exists a rare gem that only a select few are aware of, let alone possess.

It is the Hawaii Overprint Emergency Banknote issued between 1942-1944, and The Westminster Collection have a handful available today – flown to the UK straight from Hawaii.

Read on to learn the fascinating story, what makes them so scarce, and how you can secure one.

The WWII Hawaii Emergency Bank Note

USA – World War Two

During the tumultuous years of World War II, the United States government found itself in a precarious position following the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor.

With deep concerns looming over the possibility of a full-scale invasion of Hawaii by Japan, urgent measures were needed to safeguard the American economy from potential exploitation.

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To counter this threat, the US government took swift action, issuing emergency banknotes specifically for use in Hawaii. These $1 Silver certificates bore distinct markings, featuring a brown seal and prominent “HAWAII” overprints on both the front and back.

This unique design served a crucial purpose: in the event the notes were seized by enemy forces, they could be repudiated, rendering them worthless thus spoiling attempts at economic sabotage.

A Rare Piece of Military History

Issued only for two years between 1942 and 1944, these emergency banknotes are exceptionally rare, with very few surviving examples still in existence today.

Their scarcity means they rarely make appearances on the secondary market, making them highly sought-after among collectors and historians alike.

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Less than 25 Available

Here at The Westminster Collection, we have managed to secure a limited number of these extraordinary artefacts.

In fact, there are less than 25 available for collectors in the UK, travelling all the way over from the States.

This represents a rare opportunity to own a piece of history that encapsulates the resilience and ingenuity of a nation during one of its darkest hours.

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How to Secure Yours…

These WWII emergency banknotes offer a tangible connection to the past, serving as a poignant reminder of the unwavering spirit that prevailed during a time of global upheaval.

Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of this remarkable history.

Simply click here to secure your own WWII emergency banknote and add a truly unique treasure to your collection >>

How to Secure Canada’s FIRST King Charles III Coins

Credit: The Westminster Collection YouTube Channel – The Royal Canadian Mint’s King Charles III Uncirculated Sets

The Royal Canadian Mint have just unveiled their official effigy of His Majesty King Charles III with a brand-new coin set.

Read on to find out what makes this set so sought-after, and how you can secure one…

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As the first set to feature the Canadian effigy of King Charles III, demand has already been extremely be high.

In fact, Canada’s First King Charles III 50 Cent Rolls sold-out a whopping edition limit of 25,000 in JUST 4 hours.

These uncirculated sets include the sought-after Canadian coins in uncirculated quality, ensuring they are free of any marks or blemishes. All six denominations are housed in this exclusive set; from the 25 Cents to the 2 Dollars and even the sought-after 50-cent piece.

Your six coins come sealed and packaged in a specially designed folder, marking the first Uncirculated Set of His Majesty’s reign with a distinctive green-and-gold colour scheme.

But, considering these coins are travelling over 3,000 miles to the UK, only 400 are available for Westminster Collectors.

To secure the first Canadian Uncirculated Coin set of King Charles III, please click here >>

Celebrating King Charles III’s 75th Birthday with The Royal Mint

In January 2023, The Royal Mint unveiled the King Charles III 75th Birthday £5 coin as part of the Annual Sets. It was extremely popular and sold out of all its limited-edition specifications.

Since then, collectors have waited for this coin to be individually released ahead of the celebrations. And today, The Royal Mint have issued this coin in a range of specifications just days before His Majesty’s birthday.

Read on to find out why this coin has been so highly anticipated, the celebrations surrounding the King’s special day, and how you can secure the new coin in an exclusive presentation…

His Majesty’s 75th Birthday: 14th November 2023

On the 14th of November 2023, His Majesty King Charles III will celebrate his 75th birthday.

After a year of remarkable feats – acceding the throne, celebrating his Coronation – King Charles III’s 75th birthday is another significant milestone.

In fact, it is the first time in over 200 years that a reigning British King has celebrated his 75th birthday, so celebrations are planned across the UK to match the grandeur of the occasion.

The Prince’s Foundation, King Charles III’s educational charity established in 1986, is hosting celebratory events at Highgrove Gardens and Dumfries House for organisations and individuals also celebrating their 75th birthday in 2023.

People born in 1948 – the same year as the King – have the chance to be nominated and invited to the event, where they will enjoy live music, afternoon tea and dancing.

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The Independent: Highgrove and Dumfries House to host parties for people turning 75 like the King

The UK 2023 King Charles III 75th Birthday £5 Coin Range

In a gesture to honour this remarkable milestone, The Royal Mint have released a stunning coin range to mark the 75th birthday of King Charles III.

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Not only do you have the chance to secure the new coin in Brilliant Uncirculated, Silver Proof, or Silver Piedfort quality, you can also be one of the few collectors to own something even more limited…

Here at The Westminster Collection, we have worked hard to create extra special postmarked commemoratives to honour this celebration.

But what is a postmarked product?

In this case, it means the new £5 coin has been paired alongside a Royal Mail stamp and official one-day-only postmark, capturing this moment in time.

Whether it’s the BU £5 housed in a coin & stamp cover, a limited DateStamp™ presentation, or even postmarked alongside nine-1948 dated coins, there is something for everyone.

But edition limits are smaller than that of the Silver and Piedfort specifications, so demand is expected to be high.

In fact, each one has been postmarked by Royal Mail on the official date of His Majesty’s birthday: 14th November 2023, meaning no more can ever be made.

Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate.

Click here to explore the range >>